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Grilled Stuffed Zucchini

Grilled Stuffed Zucchini

Grilled Stuffed Zucchini makes an excellent side dish. Pair this healthy vegetable with thick and juicy pork chops, tender grilled chicken or just about anything else you can toss over an open flame. It’s hearty enough to forgo the meats all together and can even […]

Peach Mango Caprese Salad

Peach Mango Caprese Salad

Looking to shake things up a bit? Peach Mango Caprese Salad offers a lovely twist on the classic tomato and mozzarella dish. Caprese Salad fans will absolutely adore this lil bowl full of summer. The perfect bite holds wonderfully ripe peaches, juicy mango, tangy tomatoes, […]

White Chocolate Fruit Tart

White Chocolate Fruit Tart

Serve up a little slice of sunshine with our White Chocolate Fruit Tart! As summer heats up it’s only natural to crave juicy fruits and refreshing desserts and this beautiful tart is both. This marvelous dessert is super versatile and perfect for brunch, picnics and summer BBQs. The delicious shortbread style crust is super easy to make and requires no rolling or chilling. Its decadent white chocolate cream cheese filling is perfectly balanced by an assortment of colorful glazed fruit. You can easily add your own spin on this recipe by mixing up the combination of fruits. Try adding in some mixed berries or going a little more tropical with mango and coconut. The possibilities are really endless! Hope you’re ready to party because your friends and family will be swarming as soon as you pull this baby out. Seriously there won’t be a single crumb left behind.

Here’s all you’ll need: butter, confectioners’ sugar, white chocolate chips, heavy cream, cream cheese, mandarin oranges, pineapple chunks, strawberries, kiwi, white sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and mint for garnish (optional). White Chocolate Fruit Tart ingredients list #fruittart #tart #whitechocolatefruittart #summerdessert #holidaydessert

In a medium sized bowl, cream together the butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. The confectioners’ sugar is the secret ingredient that keeps this pastry so light yet crisp. Gradually add in the flour (about 1/2 cup at a time) and mix well with each addition.

Butter, confectioners' sugar, and flour are creamed together in a large bowl with a hand mixer. #fruittart #pastry #fruitpastry #howtomakeafruittart #tropicalfruittart

Grease an 11-in. fluted tart pan with removable bottom with cooking spray. If you don’t have a tart pan with a removable bottom, a pizza pan with sides would work great as well. Press the pastry dough into the bottom and up the sides of the tart pan. Pierce the pastry dough with a fork multiple times. This helps to prevent bubbles from forming in the pastry crust while it’s baking.

Pastry dough is pressed into the bottom and sides of a tart pan. #fruittart #whitechocolatefruittart #brunchrecipes #holidaydessert #tart

Bake the tart shell in a 300 degree preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Tart crust baked in a tart pan cooling on the stovetop. #fruittart #whitechocolatedessert #dessert #fruitdessert #freshfruittart #brunchrecipes

While we’re waiting for the tart shell to cool we can go ahead and get started on the white chocolate cream cheese fruit tart filling. Place the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove the bowl from the microwave and generously stir. Continue to heat in 15 second intervals, stirring between each, until the white chocolate chips are melted and smooth. Melted white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. #fruittart #dessertrecipes #summerdessert #homemadetartshell #pastryrecipe

Allow the melted chips to cool slightly, then mix in the heavy cream at a low speed. Add the cream cheese to the bowl and mix at a medium speed until smooth (about 5 minutes). Look at that creamy dreamy goodness! I might have done a little taste test. LOL Can you see it?!?

Melted white chocolate chips, heavy cream, and cream cheese are mixed together until smooth. #dessert #desserttable #partydessert #dessertforacrowd #poolpartydessert #tropicalfruittart

Spread that amazingly delicious filling all over the pastry crust. Then pop it in the fridge for 30 minutes to allow it to set up. I know, the waiting kills me too! But I promise you this one’s totally worth it!!White chocolate cream cheese filling is spread over the pastry shell. #tart #fruittart #whitechocolatefruittart #creamcheesefruittart #howtomakeatart #howtomakeatartshell

Drain the oranges, reserving 1/4 cup of fruit juice to be used later for the glaze. Drain the pineapples, again reserving 1/4 cup of the juice to use for the glaze. Peel the kiwi and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Cut the stems from the strawberries and cut the fruit into 1/4-inch slices as well. Next layer the fruit onto the filling. You can opt for a pretty pattern or design if you wanna get all fancy on us. But to me just the layers and layers of fruit are pretty enough. I mean just look at that fruit tart masterpiece! Mandarin oranges, pineapple chunks, kiwi and strawberries are layered on top of the tart filling. #fruittart #dessertideas #dessertrecipes #brunchdessert #holidaydessert #partydessert #backtoschoolrecipes

And let’s not forget about that citrusy sweet fruit glaze to really make this baby shine! Combine the white sugar and cornstarch in a small sauce pan. Stir in the lemon juice and reserved pineapple and orange juices from earlier. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened. Allow the glaze to cool and then gently brush it over the fruit to cover. Look at that shine! Refrigerate White Chocolate Fruit Tart for 1 hour before serving. Citrus glaze is brushed over the fruit tart with basting brush. #fruittart #whitechocolatedessert #whitechocolatetart #summerrecipes #refreshingdessert #fruitdessert

Add a little mint garnish before serving and Voila! A true work of art. Seriously I can’t get over how easy this dessert is to make and how AHH-MAZING the results are. I honestly think I love this even more on day two after all of the fruit flavors have meshed together. Grab a fork and dig in! If you loved making this recipe then you should try our Fresh Strawberry Tart or Rustic Apple Tart next.

White Chocolate Fruit Tart by Happylifeblogspot.com #tart #whitechocolatefruittart #fruittart #tropicalfruittart #summerdessert #summerparty #holidaydessert

White Chocolate Fruit Tart

July 27, 2020
: 8-16 servings (depending how you slice it)
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (12 ounces) white baking chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple chunks
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 2 kiwifruit, peeled and sliced
  • GLAZE:
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • fresh mint, optional (to garnish)
Directions
  • Step 1 FOR THE TART SHELL: In a medium sized bowl, cream together the butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add in the flour (about 1/2 cup at a time) and mix well with each addition.
  • Step 2 Grease an 11-in. fluted tart pan with removable bottom with cooking spray. Press the pastry dough into the bottom and up the sides of the tart pan. Pierce the pastry dough with a fork multiple times. Bake the tart shell in a 300 degree preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
  • Step 3 FOR THE FILLING: Place the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove the bowl from the microwave and generously stir. Continue to heat in 15 second intervals, stirring between each, until the white chocolate chips are melted and smooth.
  • Step 4 Allow the melted chips to cool slightly, then mix in the heavy cream with a hand mixer set at a low speed. Add the cream cheese to the bowl and mix at a medium speed until smooth (about 5 minutes).
  • Step 5 Spread the filling over the pastry crust to cover. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Step 6 Drain the oranges and pineapples reserving 1/4 cup of fruit juice from each to be used later for the glaze. Slice the strawberries and kiwi. Layer the fruit over the filling to cover.
  • Step 7 FOR THE GLAZE: Combine the white sugar and cornstarch in a small sauce pan. Stir in the lemon juice and reserved pineapple and orange juices from earlier. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened. Allow the glaze to cool and then gently brush it over the fruit to cover. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. Enjoy!

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Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

If you like sweet potato fries, then you’ll love Grilled Sweet Potatoes! I’ve always been a sweet potato fan whether they’re fried, baked or all dolled up in a holiday casserole, but grilling them puts it on a whole new level for me. Grilling not […]

Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Move over boring side dishes! Grilled Brussels Sprouts are here to steal the show this summer. Brussels sprouts can sometimes get a bad rap but it’s only because most people don’t know how to cook them properly. Grilling or roasting them caramelizes their natural sugars yielding […]

S’mores Bars

S’mores Bars

I’m pretty sure S’mores are the official dessert of Summer. Well if you like S’mores then you’re gonna flip out over S’mores bars!! These deliciously decadent bars taste just like S’mores but without all the mess. Heck, you can even skip the bon fire which means you can make them all year round. No excuses! We start with a layer of graham cracker goodness, followed by loads of chocolatey chunks, topped with ooey, gooey marshmallow creme and more graham cracker crumbles. If you’re a sucker for sweets then you ought to know this dessert is seriously addictive!!! No, for real. S’mores Bars will leave you drooling and craving more. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!

Here’s all you’ll need: butter, sugar, egg, vanilla extract, flour, graham crackers, baking powder, salt, milk chocolate candy bars, and marshmallow fluff.

S’mores Bars ingredients list

S’mores Bars were an instant hit in my house, so let’s get started on this ASAP so you can enjoy them too! Add the butter and sugar to a large bowl and cream with a mixer until light and fluffy. You’ll want the butter to be a little bit soft so it’s easier to mix. You can leave it on the counter for a bit to soften, or if you’re like me you can “cheat” and nuke it in the microwave for about 15 seconds. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!

Butter and sugar creamed together with a hand mixer in a large glass bowl.

Next beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Just a teaspoon will do ya! Blend on a low speed until the egg is fully incorporated.

Egg and vanilla are added to the mixing bowl.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. You can use a food processor to make the graham cracker crumbs or if you’re in a pinch, put them in a ziplock bag and crush away by hand. About 6 full size graham crackers should get you right around 3/4 cup of graham cracker crumbs.

Flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt mixed together in a large bowl.

Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Mix well. This delicious batter will serve as both graham cracker layers. So be sure to set aside 1/2 cup of the mixture (for our top layer).

Graham cracker batter in a large mixing bowl.

Press the remaining graham cracker mixture into the bottom of a 9X9″ baking pan. You can grease with cooking spray, but I find that lining with parchment paper helps these sticky bars to pull right out of the pan. Press the chocolate bars into the crust, then spread the marshmallow creme over top. If you find that marshmallow creme is too sticky to work with, you can nuke it in the microwave to make it easier to spread.

Graham cracker mixture pressed into a 9X9" baking pan, topped with chocolate bars and marshmallow creme.

And lastly, grab that reserved graham cracker mixture from earlier and crumble it over the top. Go ahead. Just sprinkle it right on there. You really can’t mess this part up! Bake in a 350 degree, preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the graham cracker topping is golden brown. Remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack then cut into bars.

Graham cracker crumbles are sprinkled on top of the marshmallow layer.

Gimme gimme S’more! Gimme S’more, gimme gimme S’more! What’s your favorite part of S’mores, the graham crackers, the chocolate, the marshmallows, or all three? If you love S’mores Bars then you better put our Cookie and Cream Rice Krispies Treats on your to do list!

S’mores Bars by Happylifeblogspot.com #smores #cookiesandbars #summerdessert #dessert #marshmallowfluffrecipes #smoresdessert

S'mores Bars

July 16, 2019
: 1 dozen
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 6 full-size crackers)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 5 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 ounces each / regular sized candy bars)
  • 1 cup marshmallow creme (Fluff)
Directions
  • Step 1 Add the softened butter and sugar to a large bowl and cream with a mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
  • Step 2 In a separate bowl, combine the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Mix well. **Set aside 1/2 cup of the mixture (for our top layer).**
  • Step 3 Line a 9X9″ baking dish with parchment paper. Press the remaining graham cracker mixture into the bottom of the baking pan.
  • Step 4 Press the chocolate bars into the crust, then spread the marshmallow creme over top. Crumble the reserved graham cracker mixture over top.
  • Step 5 Bake in a 350 degree, preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the graham cracker topping is golden brown. Remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack then cut into bars. Enjoy!

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Rhubarb-b-q Chicken Drumsticks

Rhubarb-b-q Chicken Drumsticks

Have you ever tried making your own barbecue sauce? Well it’s easier than you think! Rhubarb-b-q Chicken Drumsticks are the perfect place to start. Fresh rhubarb and apricot preserves pair perfectly to create this surprising and unique flavor profile. It’s tangy and sweet, with just […]

Slow-Cooked German Potato Salad

Slow-Cooked German Potato Salad

Summer BBQ season is finally here and we’re loving every minute of it! Aren’t summer foods just the best?!? Today I wanted to share with you a must have side dish for summertime picnics, potlucks, barbecues and get togethers, Slow-Cooked German Potato Salad. My German […]

Smoky Roasted Cauliflower

Smoky Roasted Cauliflower

I’ll admit it! We jumped on the trend train when it comes to cauliflower. We’ve tried the cauliflower pizza crust, and the breadsticks, and the cauliflower rice. But Smoky Roasted Cauliflower is hands down our favorite way to prepare it! The secret ingredient is smoked paprika. It gives this effortless side dish such a distinct taste. You’ll be amazed at how a few simple ingredients can kick up the flavor in this easy recipe. But wait…there’s more!! Did I mention that Smoky Roasted Cauliflower is actually good for you?!? Bonus!! I know right?!? A girl has to balance all those freak shakes and cookies that you see on instagram with some vegetables every once in awhile. This knock your socks off side pairs perfectly with summer BBQs but would also make a lovely accompaniment to Easter dinner. Wow your guests this year with an unexpected flavor!

Here’s all you’ll need: cauliflower, olive oil, smoked paprika, salt, garlic and fresh parsley. Buffalo folks! You know we got our smoked paprika at Marilla Country Store but you can also find it with the spices and seasonings at your local grocer.

Smoky Roasted Cauliflower ingredients list

Start by chopping the cauliflower into 1 inch florets. Rinse well and then place it in a large bowl. I like my pieces nice and bitesize so I can just pop em in my mouth!

Chop cauliflower into 1 inch florets. Rinse. Place in a large bowl.

Next we’ll mix up our seasonings. Combine the olive oil, salt, and smoked paprika. I know it sounds simple but trust me when I say the flavor from these 3 little ingredients will be off the hook! Drizzle over the cauliflower.

Mix up the olive oil, salt, and smoke paprika. Drizzle over the cauliflower.

Toss to coat! Really mix it up good. Make sure you coat that cauliflower in all those good flavors!! I love the color too. Smoky Roasted Cauliflower is not your Grandmother’s boring old cauliflower recipe!

Toss to coat!

Place the cauliflower in a baking dish. Bake in a 450 degree preheated oven for 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic. Then roast for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender and lightly browned. Roasting the cauliflower brings out its nutty and buttery flavors. Yum!! SO good!!

Bake in a 450 degree preheated oven for 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic. Then roast for an additional 10-15 minutes.

Sprinkle with parsley before serving. Doesn’t that look lovely?!? I wanna dive right in! Mmmmmmm!!!!

Smoky Roasted Cauliflower by happylifeblogspot.com #cauliflower #sidedish #roasted #roastedcauliflower

Smoky Roasted Cauliflower

March 27, 2018
: 6 servings
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
Directions
  • Step 1 Chop the cauliflower into 1 inch florets. Rinse well and place in a large bowl.
  • Step 2 Combine the olive oil, salt, and smoked paprika. Drizzle over the cauliflower. Toss to coat.
  • Step 3 Place the cauliflower in a baking dish. Bake in a 450 degree preheated oven for 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic. Roast for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender and lightly browned.
  • Step 4 Sprinkle with parsley and enjoy!

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